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Matt Damon Hasn't Got Time For Your 'Bourne Legacy' Shenanigans

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 1:00 AM
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For a while, the rumor was floating that the spinoff film "The Bourne Legacy" would in some way utilize Matt Damon's Jason Bourne character, possibly in a cameo. Hell, the guy's already in the title. This ignores the politics of tentpole moviemaking, as the very act of rebooting serves many strategies, one of them being, "We're sick of paying the people who bring us success." So even with the 'Bourne' franchise achieving ever-escalating box office grosses ($442 million worldwide on the last entry), Damon, director Paul Greengrass and Universal couldn't reach a suitable agreement regarding a fourth film, leading to the significantly cheaper team of director Tony Gilroy and star Jeremy Renner.

Ron Howard To Direct '364' From 'Safe House' Writer David Guggenheim

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 12:44 PM
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Ron Howard's always got more than a few irons in the fire, and he's about to add one more. Universal has acquired "364," a ridiculous-sounding pitch from David Guggenheim, the writer of the upcoming Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer "Safe House." The story concerns a man who spends exactly 364 days of the year trying to plan how he'll spend the one day annually in which he has super powers. So, a seasonal Superman.

TIFF '11 Review: Manipulative & Melodramatic 'A Separation' Is A Soap Opera Morality Tale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2011 12:40 PM
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The fall festival circuit is all about buzz, and while the frontrunners for the awards season can usually be spotted a mile away, it's the sleeper sensations everyone keeps an eye out for now. As Telluride wrapped up this weekend, the Iranian film "A Separation" directed by Asghar Farhadi, began building some serious heat. Thought it has been playing international festivals all summer long and won multiple awards in Berlin earlier this year including the Golden Bear, the very strong word out of Colorado, led by a rave by Jeff Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere -- who admitted to missing the first third of the picture -- put the movie on the schedule for many of the folks headed to Toronto. Believe it or not, the film (as of this date anyway) has even edged into the IMDB Top 250. And now that we've caught up with it we have to ask: did we see a completely different movie?

HBO Picks Up Aaron Sorkin's News Room Drama, The Formerly Titled 'More As The Story Develops'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 12:20 PM
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Get ready for a weekly dose of Aaron Sorkin once again. After a number of celebrated television ventures including "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and most recently "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," Sorkin will soon be back on the small screen, as his hour-long, untitled news-room drama series, formerly called "More As The Story Develops," was picked up by HBO this week.

First Look Clip From Rodrigo Garcia & Glenn Close's 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 11:49 AM
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After premiering to largely lukewarm reviews last weekend at the recent Telluride Film Festival, we now have our first look clip at Glenn Close in her titular, gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs."

Coen Brothers Going The Indie Route With 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 10:32 AM
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After the runaway success of "True Grit," which nabbed a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide, you'd figure Joel and Ethan Coen would cash in their chips with a major studio, try to get something expensive made, or force the major studios to pony up prior to shooting. The Coens haven't operated independently for awhile, as a distributor has been in place for their last few films before the project was even shot. This time, however, the brothers are doing something different: out of the Toronto International Film Festival, the rumor is that the Coens' latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," will be filmed without a domestic distributor attached, with only Studio Canal backing the picture for international rights.

'Drive,' 'Restless,' 'Melancholia,' 'Skin I Live In': Over 20 Films From TIFF2011 We've Already Seen

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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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If you're at all into film and read movie blogs you know it's all about the Toronto International Film Festival for the next nine days (the festival started yesterday, September 8). Arguably the biggest film festival in the world aside from Cannes (who are probably more prestigious, but not quite as big), no other festival can boast the amount of stars and number of films that Toronto can. So there are several hundreds of flicks rolling out this week that cinephiles are eagerly anticipating.

It's Official: Denzel Washington, Robert Zemeckis To Team For 'Flight'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 9:32 AM
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After months of rumors, it's official: Robert Zemeckis will be directing Denzel Washington in the Paramount production "Flight." The film tells the story of a commercial airline pilot who saves his passengers after a flight goes awry. However, he begins to buckle under the pressure when several investigators question his role in the disaster. Did somebody fly with the emergency break on again??

Peter Sollett, Anne Hathaway Teaming For Romantic Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 9:20 AM
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Could Be The Project 'Cover Your Assets'Peter Sollett is in talks to direct an untitled romantic comedy at Lionsgate with Anne Hathaway in the starring role. In the very vague logline, which sounds a little like it has a typo, Hathaway would play "a career woman looking to break her streak of losing romantic relationships to her job." This truly, honestly does not sound like any romantic comedy we've ever heard before! Anne Hathaway, breaking the mold! We're a little disappointed Hathaway would go in this direction, especially after "The Dark Knight Rises," where she'll probably be playing the fourth or fifth lead in a Boy's Club Adventure Movie. It could be the similar sounding project "Cover Your Assets" which is about a high-powered female lawyer used to intimidating the opposite sex, who pretends to be an assistant in order to attract a man.

TIFF '11 Review: 'From The Sky Down' A Disappointingly Incomplete Look At U2's "Achtung Baby"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2011 8:55 AM
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Whether you are a U2 fan or not, there is no denying their 1991 album Achtung Baby launched the band into the stratosphere of super-stardom and is simply one of the defining records of the '90s. With over 5.5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, two Grammys for Best Rock Performance and Producer of the Year (for Daniel Lanois), the record not only found the group adjusting to the changing musical landscape of the late '80s and early '90s, it redefined their image and put them at the forefront of a select bunch of groundbreaking and hugely popular bands. 2011 will mark 20 years since the album first hit shelves on November 19, 1991, and U2 are celebrating in style. This summer they made their first festival appearance at Glastonbury, kicking off their set with a slew of songs from Achtung Baby and a massive reissue of the album is set to be released in October. And to cap it all off, the band has teamed with Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth," "It Might Get Loud") to create "From the Sky Down," a look back at the making of the album. It's an exciting prospect, but unfortunately, it leaves you wanting much, much more.

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